Vol. 20 Iss. 39

Volume 20 Issue 39 - 10/12/2012

Study Space – Thinking Cap

Now that Thanksgiving’s over and the months’s moving toward Halloween, we’re entering the middle of the race?that time when we’ve lost our initial momentum coming out of the starting gate, but we’re not quite ready to use up the burst of energy that we’ll need for the homestretch. Work’s piling up and we’re getting behind…. Read more »

From Where I Sit – Teacher or Student

A great deal has been written about the relationship between kids and grandparents. The stereotypical image is the grandparent deliberately spoiling the child and then smugly returning the brat to the unsuspecting parents. Another, sadder scenario is the broken relationship in which through power tripping or vindictiveness, the parents ration or withhold contact between child… Read more »

Write Stuff – Friday Finds: Turning Pro

October 13 is Plain Language Day. To celebrate it, I had planned to write about the growing movement to give complex, indecipherable documents a shove out the door and replace them with clear, understandable prose. As luck would have it, I came across one of the most direct pieces of writing I’ve seen in a… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Happy

Film: Happy (Wadi Rum Films 2011) Director: Roko Belic Genre: Documentary ?A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.? Proverbs 17:22 NIV ?One must choose happiness.? Stratis Myrivilis, in Life in the Tomb The Care and Feeding of the Bluebird of Happiness A handsome young Japanese businessman has, by… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . A Syrian Kurd, Part III

Panic and Bravado in Assad’s Syria ?A hundred men can sit together quietly but when two dogs get together there will be a fight.? Kurdish proverb ?Sometimes paranoia’s just having all the facts.? William S. Burroughs Moustafa Mala Bozan is a Kurdish poet and musician from the city of Kobany in northern Syria, not far… Read more »

Did You Know? – Minding My Own Business

Most of us have at some time?even if only briefly?entertained the dream of running our own businesses. Maybe we already have a great idea, one that we’re sure would be at least a moderate success. But making the jump between idea and reality is such a drastic step that we get stuck at stage one;… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Go Veg

Eat too much last weekend? October?World Vegetarian Month?is the perfect time to make up for overindulging. Vegetarian fare isn’t bland and tasteless; in fact, a large percentage of the world’s population eats primarily meatless meals, and many of these are bursting with flavour. Add in new interpretations of old stand-bys, and you have a menu… Read more »